The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has recommenced work at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery will continue with the installation of 116 monopile foundations during the second half of 2016. As a result of the black-bream-spawning season, installation activities were halted in late April as planned and only restarted at the beginning of July. This break in activities gave us the opportunity to complete a successful, periodic dry docking of MPI Discovery. Furthermore, during the same period the second installation vessel, Pacific Orca, was mobilised to join the foundation-installation campaign. In addition to supplying one of the installation vessels, MPI, through MPI Consultants Ltd., is taking care of all project management, plus providing engineering and installation teams for both vessels. During the mobilisation of Pacific Orca, another MPI WTIV, MPI Resolution, was utilised for heavy-lift transportation of the Pacific Orca seafastenings. Both MPI Discovery and Pacific Orca make use of the Verbrugge Scaldia Terminal in Flushing, the Netherlands, as loading port for monopiles and transition pieces. The 400MW Rampion project is being built by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge. It is due to be completed in 2018.
Van Oord has completed the installation of the 150th foundation at the Gemini Wind Park in a record time of 3.5 months. On the 1st of July 2015 Van Oord’s own installation vessel Aeolus, together with Swire Blue Oceans Pacific Osprey, started installation and the last foundation was installed on the 17th of October. The installation of the foundations was completed one month earlier than scheduled. On the 1st of February 2016 both vessels will return to the project
Lundin Netherlands B.V. Succursale de Tunisie awarded Aker Kvaerner a contract for marine operations in conjunction with deployment of the FPSO "Ikdam" to the Oudna field offshore Tunisia. The contract value is approximately $14 million. The work will be executed under an alliance agreement with the Aker Kvaerner company, Aker Marine Contractors, and Maersk Supply Service who will provide the installation vessel. The marine operation, including installation of mooring system
Graig Shipping has provided a full support package for the supervision of the building of the first of a series of unique high technology Wind Turbine Installation Vessels. The 130 metre long vessels bring together proven technologies to provide a system which will support a new offshore industry, harnessing wind power for electricity generation. Working with Graig's advice and support, UK-based engineering firm Mayflower Energy Ltd has ordered one ship and has an option for a second
Subsea 7 Inc. announced that it has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $200m by Petrobras (Petroleo Brasileiro S/A) for an EPIC contract, in the offshore . The contract will involve the design, engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of the 78 km Sul Capixaba 12" Export Gas Pipeline and end termination assembly in the Jubarte field. The project also involves the execution of a horizontally drilled shore approach and pre commissioning
InterMoor Inc., an Acteon company, has been awarded a preset mooring project for Noble Energy offshore Equatorial Guinea. InterMoor will be providing the design, engineering, procurement and installation services for preset moorings in the Aseng Field. Five preset mooring legs will be installed at a water depth of approximately 3,445 ft. The Pride South Pacific and the Atwood Hunter are the rigs Noble Energy will be utilizing for this project
One of Jumbo Offshore’s heavy lift & installation vessels, the DP2-ship Jumbo Javelin, is preparing to deliver installation services for offshore wind farms. It will be able to ship and install Transition Pieces (TP’s) for wind turbines. The vessel will be able to carry nine TP’s at a time, each with a weight of approx. 285 tonnes. All the TP’s can be stowed vertically in the hold of the vessel and transported to the offshore location site
The Community of European Shipyards’ Association (CESA) and the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) are calling on the European Commission and the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support the building of new ships to serve the expanding offshore wind energy market over the coming years. CESA and EWEA urge the European Commission to develop programs and funding mechanisms, and for the European Investment Bank to take the necessary measures to support the risk related to the
Statoil awards Ramboll Oil & Gas the detailed design contract for the 36” & 18" pipelines for the 481 km-long Polarled project. The Polarled pipeline project, which crosses the Polar circle, is part of the plans for developing fields further north in the Norwegian Sea. The purpose is to ensure gas transport capacity for gas volumes from planned and future field developments, such as the field developments of Aasta Hansteen, Linnorm and Zidane.
Heavy lift vessel (HLV) contractors have faced a challenging market in recent years as the low oil price environment combined with a shift towards subsea installation and deepwater activity has seen fixed platform installations decline globally, according to a report by Douglas-Westwood. "The number of fixed assets installed in 2017 is expected to be c.45% less than 2014 levels. This has resulted in a troublesome outlook for heavy lift vessels within the market for topside
Van Oord has been awarded the contract for East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm by ScottishPower Renewables (part of the Iberdrola Group) for the transport and installation of 102 three-legged jacket foundations. The East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm is located in the southern North Sea
Heavy lift vessel (HLV) contractors have faced a challenging market in recent years as the low oil price environment combined with a shift towards subsea installation and deepwater activity has seen fixed platform installations decline globally
COSCO will build a new offshore installation vessel in China for DEME subsidiary GeoSea, to be used for offshore wind farm construction, oil and gas industry services and decommissioning work. The vessel, Orion, is due to be delivered in 2019.
Subsea cable systems design, installation and maintenance firm Global Marine Systems Limited, has added the 6,200 ton cable deadweight CS Recorder to its fleet. Built in 2000, the vessel formerly known as the Maersk Recorder, has previously been chartered by Global Marine for
A2SEA-owned jack-up leaves Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam able to handle bigger offshore wind installation projects Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) has concluded major modification works on the Sea Installer. The principle scope of work involved the extension of the main crane boom
Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering has signed a contract with leading offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind to provide marine warranty services for the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm. Services that will be provided include a technical review
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the Offshore Balance of Plant contract by Vattenfall for the construction of Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre. Following the announcement on 29 June stating that Boskalis was
Wind Turbine Installation Vessel MPI Adventure installed the first of 72 SWT-4.0-130 offshore wind turbines on the Sandbank offshore wind farm. MPI Adventure is capable of installing 6 of these complete offshore wind turbines per cycle. After MPI Adventure completed its contract to assist with
Marine News contributor Robert Kunkel asks: Are we ready to support the farms? On August 19, 2016, we watched as the fifth tower and associated nacelle was raised on the Deepwater Offshore Wind Farm approximately 3 miles offshore of Block Island, Rhode Island
MPI’s wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, is currently undergoing installation of leg extensions at the company’s Tees Offshore Base in Middlesbrough, UK. Following these modifications, MPI Resolution will be able to operate in water depths of up to 35m
There are distinct signs that the offshore wind sector is emerging from a period of relative quiet, says Clarksons Research. For the first time in several years, the number of final investment decisions (FIDs) is on the rise
Offshore energy support vessel operator, Seacat Services, is preparing to launch its first High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV), Seacat Enterprise. The 27m South Boats IoW catamaran is a new category of vessel for the offshore wind market, designed to provide both rapid crew transfer and wide-ranging
Following the announcement of 24 October 2016, MPI Offshore has stated that the leg extensions to MPI's wind-turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Resolution, are now in place, class approved and fully operational. The upgrade work took place over an intense 60-days conversion programme working
The wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV), MPI Discovery, has completed foundation installation works at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm off the south coast of England. Working closely together with Swire Blue Ocean’s Pacific Orca, MPI Discovery installed the last foundation on 8 November
Following the successful installation of the foundations earlier this year, MPI has now informed that their wind turbine installation vessel (WTIV) MPI Enterprise has completed the installation of 18 6.2M126 Senvion turbines at the Nordergründe offshore windfarm.